It's Featured Member Friday! Each month we plan to feature one of our magnificent members so you can get to know our crazy crew. How do we decide who to feature? With a super fair draw out of a hat by the closest toddler in tow.
If you see a Michelle Kwan look-alike deftly guiding a Double B.O.B. around town, or downing a Cardamom Latte with a Morning Glory muffin and a side of breakfast taco from Whole Foods, you have probably spotted Yvonne R. (AKA Vonner, Vonny, Vonnex, or "The Boss")!
This Taiwanese-born Texan is a Sr Business Analyst, mom to Max (3) and Clara (11 months), and wife to Matt. Her favorite place to run is Town Lake, where she frequented the East side of the trail pre-kids, back when she was able to run more than 4-5 miles without meltdowns. These days she uses snacks and the iPad to keep them busy as she bustles around, and dreams of completing more half marathons, Ironman races, or Olympic distance triathlons in the future (as well as the day that Theo James and Sam Hunt show up on her doorstep).
In her down time she enjoys watching bad reality TV, such as The Bachelor, collecting Snuffle Gund Bears "for her kids", and baking cookies with her feet behind her head. If she could police the internet, it would be to ban those Toy Review videos on YouTube, or at least to find out their secrets for making mega bucks with them! Speaking of money, if it were no object, she would be a part time fitness instructor/yoga teacher and a chef on the side. For now, she's rockin' two-kid motherhood, and trying forget the day her son opened the door on her mid-pee in a public restroom and ran off with no pants on because she had forgotten a spare pair.
After completing 40+ races, her favorite piece of swag is a race t-shirt from the Austin Half Marathon circa 2009. The songs she uses for motivation? Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off" and Eminem's "'Till I Collapse". Her Garmin Forerunner 310XT keeps her mileage, but she hopes to upgrade for a smaller one soon. If you see her at a run you'd better guard your dark chocolate, because that's her main reason for running these days.
LISA W: ex Arizonian hockey player (does Arizona even have ice?), psychs herself out every time she gets close to breaking a 9 min mile, Mom to 2 curly-headed squirts + a non-bias food-loving dog, Tonks... wifey to her college love, Timothy, Lego fanatic. And can't put up any guests in her spare bedroom since it has turned into JoAnn fabrics.
IRADIS J Native Floridian, plays the flute like a champ (she is the beauty behind our National Anthem on race day), Mom to THREE kiddos under 4 years of age (and she does it with ease, people), met her hubs in a coffee shop in the Sunshine state, avid reader and has the most gentle soul of anyone you'll ever meet.
DANIELLE D Midwesterner at heart (Go Royals!), lover of all things pink and green (you should see her daughter's rooms), eats sweet peppers like they're candy, had two completely natural childbirths (hint: she has superhuman powers), breastfeeding advocate, Mizzou grad (she and Loren actually attended the exact same years, but did not know one another), loves to quilt and does not own an inside voice.
LOREN M Central IL born and raised attempting every sport possible. Mom to 2 polar opposite kiddos and wife to a man she met on an airplane, her magic Mike. Throw in a white lab with too many allergies to count and you have yourself a fine fam. Loves pickles, green olives and is a (temporary?) vegan. Took up running in order to eat french fries on a regular basis (they're vegan, right?). Mizzou grad. Skincare junkie and waxing Nazi. The Queen of random encounters. To all the TWT members: Don't hate, just Belieb ;)